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Celebration of Bill Merriman’s retirement as the Chairperson of the Franklin Clinton Block Club and his new role as Chair Emeritus

City of Cleveland Department of Public Health COVID-19 Public Dashboard

City of Cleveland Department of Public Health COVID-19 Public Dashboard (Plain Press, January 2022)           On December 23, the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health reported there were 979 newly reported daily cases of COVID-19. That brings the total number of COVID-19 case reported in the City of Cleveland since the beginning of the pandemic to … Continue reading

Canines at upscale doggie bar and park complain about homeless humans

Canines at upscale doggie bar and park complain about homeless humans To the Editor, (Plain Press, January 2022)           I have been a resident of the Near West Side of Cleveland for 25 years. Lately I have noticed there has been an increase in new canine residents in the neighborhood. It’s nice to know new dogs are … Continue reading

In Memory

Michael O’Brien 1945-2021 (Plain Press, November 2021)                  Michael O’Brien, a librarian turned bookseller, came to the Near West Side as part of the Catholic activist movement to the neighborhood in the early 1970s and joined the Thomas Merton Community living in their house on W. 38th and Clinton.      O’Brien was the proprietor of the Six Steps Down … Continue reading

Trinity Community Center increases access to resources with its new wheelchair ramp

7th Annual Festival El Rumbón Melón – Roberto Clemente Park

LatinUs Theater Company performs debut play in its new home   

LatinUs Theater Company performs debut play in its new home         The LatinUs Theater Company is performing its debut play in its new home in the Pivot Center for Art, Dance and Expression at 2937 W, 25th Street. The play, “The House of Bernarda Alba” is by Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), a Spanish poet, playwright and director … Continue reading

West Side Market area anticipates population changes

West Side Market area anticipates population changes by Sheila Kiss   Home to the historic West Side Market, United Bank Building, and Market Square Park, the intersection of West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue is the central hub for Ohio City and its retail district, and it’s seeing a lot of activity today.   Don Whitaker, president … Continue reading

George Hrbek 90th Birthday Sing

City of Cleveland is quietly blocking citizen planning efforts for safer, bike-friendly streets

City of Cleveland is quietly blocking citizen planning efforts for safer, bike-friendly streets by Lee Chilcote (Plain Press, August 2021)     For more than a decade, community developers on Cleveland’s near west side have been working to create a new, improved streetscape on Lorain Avenue between West 25th and West 65th Street. It was always about more than potholes and … Continue reading

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